Intel has revealed the latest designs for its Classmate PC educational platform, which use an updated Atom processor and promise better energy efficiency.
As with earlier builds, the new Classmate PCs will be available as a traditional clamshell or convertible tablet. The systems sport 10.1in screens and a claimed 8.5 hour battery life, and can be configured for 3G, GPS or Wimax wireless connections.
Intel said that extensive ethnographic research of students and teachers played a major part in the design and features of the new systems, which have been built for portability and mobility as students move between subjects and classrooms.
The company has enlisted textbook publisher McGraw Hill to offer a new line of educational software designed for use with the Classmate PC.
Intel unveiled the Classmate PC programme in 2007, targeting educational institutions in developed countries and people in rural and developing areas.
The systems are designed by Intel, but the company uses a network of more than 300 partners to customise, assemble and distribute the PCs around the world.
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